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Service providers

The NDIS represents a significant change in the way in which people with a disability will access support, which will change the way in which service providers do business.

The scheme will increase the number of Victorians with disability receiving support. At full roll out, an estimated 105,000 Victorians will be supported - an increase of 25,000.

Currently, most of the funding for disability services is provided by Government directly to providers, who in turn deliver a prescribed set of services to individuals.

Under the NDIS, the role of the individual will be largely reversed, with individuals exercising choice and control to purchase supports that will most effectively meet their needs.

Over time, disability service providers will move to new arrangements where individualised funding is provided in arrears of service delivery.

It is important that providers begin to consider their approach to service delivery in the context of this reform.

Existing funding arrangements with disability service providers will continue in each area until this transition occurs.

With the sector likely to double in size to meet the increase in demand for support and services, there will be many more opportunities for people wanting to work in disability services.

Information for service providers to help them understand their obligations under Victoria’s quality and safeguards working arrangements during transition to the NDIS can be found below.

Preparing for the NDIS

To prepare for the NDIS, disability service providers can:

  • visit the providers page on the NDIS website to learn about registering as an NDIS provider
  • start thinking about how to work with the NDIS. Consider the opportunities for your business and what you might have to change.

To find out more about what the NDIS will mean for current and future providers, view the full details on the national NDIS website.

 

 

NDIS readiness

The Victorian Government has announced that 16 organisations will share in $10 million in funding to deliver NDIS readiness activities where they are needed most. The transition support has been allocated to a range of diverse organisations representing people with a disability, providers, carers, unions, service users and their advocates. These organisations will work throughout Victoria to identify and deliver practical and targeted resources to help people and providers adapt to the way the NDIS will work.

  • National Disability Services Victoria
  • Self Advocacy Resource Unit
  • VALiD
  • Youth Disability Advocacy Service
  • Australian Federation of Disability Organisations
  • Carers Victoria
  • Tandem Carers
  • VICSERV
  • Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council
  • Women with Disabilities Victoria
  • Young People in Nursing Homes National Alliance
  • Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation
  • Municipal Association of Victoria
  • Victorian Healthcare Association
  • Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria
  • Early Childhood Intervention Australia (Victorian Chapter)

NDIS Transition Support Package - December 2016 NDIS Transition Support Package - December 2016DOC (57.17 KB)Continuity of support for older people receiving specialist disability services in Victoria - June 2017 Continuity of support for older people receiving specialist disability services in Victoria - June 2017DOC (395 KB)

Quality and safeguards for Victorian approved providers

The Victorian Government continues to operate existing quality and safeguards during the transition to the NDIS and until the implementation of the National Quality and Safeguards Framework. The following fact sheets provide an overview of how Victoria’s quality and safeguards requirements apply to NDIS providers. The Victorian Government will undertake ongoing monitoring of providers’ compliance with these requirements.

Information for Victorian approved NDIS providers - March 2017 Information for Victorian approved NDIS providers - March 2017DOC (166.69 KB) Information for Victorian approved NDIS providers of psychosocial supports for participants with a psychiatric disability - March 2017 Information for Victorian approved NDIS providers of psychosocial supports for participants with a psychiatric disability - March 2017DOC (165.71 KB)Emergency Management Responsibilities for Victorian approved National Disability Insurance Scheme  Providers - March 2017 Emergency Management Responsibilities for Victorian approved National Disability Insurance Scheme Providers - March 2017DOC (398.72 KB)Disability Services Commissioner Information sheet Disability Services Commissioner Information sheetDOC (23.13 KB)Quality and Safeguards arrangements for Early Childhood Intervention providers Quality and Safeguards arrangements for Early Childhood Intervention providers in the transition to the NDISDOC (238.46 KB)Offering residency in Specialist Disability Accommodation - Policy and Standards  (Victoria) - May 2017 Offering residency in Specialist Disability Accommodation - Policy and Standards (Victoria) - May 2017DOC (386 KB)

Disability Accommodation Collaboration Agreement

The following sample agreement guides registered service providers under NDIS providing Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) and support services that may be appropriate for use during transition.

Disability Accommodation Collaboration Agreement between Disability Service Provider and Specialist Disability Accommodation Provider Disability Accommodation Collaboration Agreement between Disability Service Provider and Specialist Disability Accommodation ProviderDOC (72.5 KB) This sample agreement is an example only. The sample agreement does not constitute legal or other professional advice and should not be relied upon as such. SDA and support providers should seek their own independent legal advice in relation to whether the sample agreement is suitable for their purposes. No liability is accepted by the Department of Health and Human Services for any loss, damage, cost or expenses incurred as a result of reliance on, or use of, these sample agreements.

Presentations

A presentation of the phasing arrangements for the NDIS in the North Eastern Melbourne area, was given to providers on 11 March 2016.

Presentation - 11 March 2016 Presentation - 11 March 2016PDF (231.22 KB)

NDIA provider information workshops

The NDIA is continuing to run its core information session for providers.

For full details and to register, visit the events page of the NDIS website.